Despite an afternoon downpour, thousands of Warwick Mop fans turned out last weekend to win teddy bears or test out their vocal chords on hair-raising rides like the 160 foot high Star Flyer, or the shake, rattle and rolling Tagada - both new for this year.
On the Saturday nearly £1,000 was raised for the mayor’s charities as members of the Showman’s Guild, like fair organiser Tommy Wilson, outbid one another for the first slice of pork from the traditional hog roast.
Rumour has it that first delicious slice went for some £500 but was immediately handed back so that he could be resold for lesser sums several times.
No small reward for volunteer chefs Ted Collett and Lewis Walters who borrowed equipment from the New Bowling Green Inn and had first began basting the hog some time after 6.30am that morning. More money came in from a raffle and sales of more pork batches. On Friday - before the Mop was officially opened - children from Ridgeway Special School and Round Oak in Warwick became VIPs for the day when they met the mayor and were treated to free rides all afternoon.
Another special guest was Lana Godden, who accepted a certificate on behalf of her 100-year-old mother, Violette Kemp from Cradley Heath, who had been attending Warwick Mops since she was first taken as a baby.
The Runaway Mop returns to the town